A New HELLBOY Movie? With STRANGER THINGS' David Harbour, Directed by Neil Marshall?

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A New HELLBOY Movie? With STRANGER THINGS' David Harbour, Directed by Neil Marshall?

Word is out that there are plans to relaunch the Hellboy movie franchise. This would be without the director and his star from the first two films, Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Pearlman. Instead, Stranger Things' David Harbour is in talks to take the lead and UK director Neil Marshall is in talks to direct. 

 
Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin for a new installment that would reboot and relaunch the property. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is also producing.
 
Neil Marshall, the horror director who broke out with The Descent and won raves for his work on Game of Thrones, is in talks to direct the project, which has a working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. THR
 
Okay. I am of two minds about this. One, how dare anyone do a Hellboy film and not have GDT and Ron involved, right? I really liked those first two films and we all wanted to see the team come back together for a third film. On other hand, Harbour is cool and he seems to fit that sort of lankier Mignola version of Red that we see in the picture above. He be just as good a grouch as anyone. Yeah. I think he could work out fine. Then there are the writers. 
 
Andrew Cosby created one of my favorite SyFy shows Eureka which could mean good things for comedic elements. Christopher Golden wrote Buffy The Vampire Slayer and we all know how much everyone loves that show, right? Then we have Hellboy creator Mike Mignola in on the act, which hopefully means they are not to going stray far from the source material. 
 
And finally we have Neil Marshall, director of cult faves Dog Soldiers and The Descent and the man who directed some of the more bombastic episodes of Game of Thrones. I cannot say that he has the same visual flare that GDT brought to the show with him but with the right production designers and art directors working on the project there is no reason this will not at least look great. 
 
What do you all think? Angry mob justice? Or, take a seat and see what happens next? 
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YojimboMay 9, 2017 6:07 AM

I claim the human right to oscillate from angry mob violence to taking a seat and seeing what happens next.

TheChocopocoMay 9, 2017 8:13 AM

They're all talented people. IMHO there's no way it would be a worst movie than one following the parenting shenanigans of Hellboy and missus...

CHUDMay 9, 2017 9:35 AM

I'm of the same mind. I would've loved a third GDT and Pearlman entry to cap a trilogy, but this iteration doesn't sounds bad. I lean more in the direction of being sad about not getting the trilogy, but I'll still probably watch this new one and like it.

faustidisqMay 9, 2017 10:44 AM

I feel disappointed and intrigued all at once. Such a weird feeling...

jcoa2May 9, 2017 1:34 PM

Some Hellboy is better than no Hellboy. Bring it on.

FinnfangfoomMay 9, 2017 1:40 PM

The studio thinks a third Hellboy movie won't fill enough seats in the theatre because the first two didn't deliver but they think a (probably more expensive) reboot will? So all those folks that didn't bother to watch a Hellboy movie before wil flock to see this one? I don't get it. I always thought Mignola was a bit disappointed in DelToro's vision, because he more than once stated that the movies were Guillermo's and not so much his version of Hellboy's universe. But, hey, I think Neil Marshall is a competent director and a new Hellboy's at least a new Hellboy, right?

Todd BrownMay 10, 2017 3:58 PM

This will be less expensive than what Guillermo wanted to do but, really, there is a lot more to Guillermo not being involved than budgets and studio opinions. Ask yourself who controls the root rights and has say over who is directing, and then ask why Guillermo would be refusing comment on the whole thing. There's nobody he can blame and come out looking good.